In a three-year span, the number of Lodi Unified School District employees earning a salary of $100,000 or more has been reduced by about a third. Mike McKilligan, Assistant Superintendent of Personnel, said that the drop is mainly a result of compensation reductions that were put in place in 2010.
The district’s strategy for attracting talent and remaining competitive in the hiring process has taken a back seat to making due with an increasingly reduced budget from the State of California.
“During California’s fiscal crisis and the uncertainty of funding that schools have received during the past few years, the priority has been keeping the district solvent and maintaining the public’s trust that Lodi Unified School District is responsibly managing the public’s money,” said McKilligan.
The group of $100,000-plus earners has dropped from 99 names in 2009 to 67 in 2012. That translates to a cost savings of nearly $4 million.
The current list includes superintendents, several dozen principals and only a handful of teachers.
In 2009, 50 principals and 13 teachers were on the list. In 2012, that has dropped to 42 principals and three teachers.
In 2009, the total cost of payroll for these high earners was $11,507,403.28. In 2012, paying for the 67 high wage earners cost $7,675,274.50.
Cathy Nichols-Washer, Lodi Unified superintendent, declined to comment, deferring all questions to McKilligan. Members of the school board did not return requests for comment.
Reductions put into place by the Lodi Unified board of trustees during the spring of 2010 account for decreases to the contract salaries of most employees last year, McKilligan said.
But for teachers and other employees in a union, changes in salary can be an individual situation, McKilligan said. Such changes depend on whether or not a teacher taught summer school, served as a coach or club adviser, or was paid for attending training events. Much of this is driven by collective bargaining agreements.
Jeff Johnston, president of the Lodi Education Association, said teachers were given a special offer in 2010 that accounts for the drop in the number of teachers earning more than $100,000. A large number of the highest wage earners were given an incentive to retire early, and nearly 100 teachers took advantage.
But other administrators are on salary contracts, and do not have a union. In 2010, when the salary reductions were approved, the number of administrators in the high salary range dropped accordingly.
One salary that rose substantially is that of the district’s superintendent. Salaries for that position and the chief business officer are negotiated directly with the Lodi Unified board of trustees. Nichols-Washer’s salary has increased by about $5,000 since 2009, while current CBO Tim Hern makes $8,000 less a year than his predecessor Douglas Barge did in 2009.
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|Timothy Hern||Associate Superintendent/Chief Business Officer||$151,878.00|
|Michael McKilligan||Assistant Superintendent of Personnel||$136,200.96|
|Catherine Pennington||Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education||$136,200.96|
|Dawnelle Vetica||Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education||$136,200.96|
|Lisa Kotowski||Administrative Director of Curriculum and Instruction||$123,349.92|
|William Saunders||Administrative Director for Special Services and Special Education — Local Plan Area||$120,509.00|
|Neil Young||Director of Personnel||$120,264.96|
|Dale Munsch||Director of Information Services||$116,154.00|
|Mitchell Slater||Director of Maintenance and Operations||$115,137.26|
|Warren Sun||Senior Director of Operations||$114,462.27|
|Maria Fong||Senior Director Controller||$113,698.92|
Coordinators and Specialists
|Stephen Takemoto||Program Coordinator||$115,252.92|
|Ivie Gonsalves||Program Coordinator||$110,071.92|
|Edward Eldridge||Coordinator of Assessment Research Evaluation||$105,135.00|
|Edith Holbert||Network and Systems Supervisor||$114,999.81|
|Sandra Staples||Special Education Instructional Services Specialist||$123,692.07|
|Joni Herr-Kort||Program Specialist Level II||$103,830.96|
|Rhonda Baumgartner||Program Specialist Level II||$103,830.96|
|Stephanie Ennis||Program Specialist Level II||$102,831.00|
High School Level Employees
|James Davis||High school principal||$129,195.96|
|Erik Sandstrom||High school principal||$128,196.00|
|Robert Lofsted||High school principal||$123,349.92|
|Tamara Somera||Continuation high school principal||$119,061.00|
|William Toledo||Continuation high school principal||$119,061.00|
|Shirley McNichols||High school principal||$117,783.96|
|William Atterberry||Adult School/ROP principal||$115,581.96|
|Sarah Solari Colombini||High school vice principal||$111,699.96|
|Sherry Balian||Principal, alternative program||$109,417.92|
|Timothy Swartz||High school vice principal||$106,212.00|
|Martha Dent||High school vice principal||$106,212.00|
|Erin Lenzi||High school vice principal||$106,212.00|
|Uyen Pham-Peck||High school counselor||$104,864.79|
Middle School Level Employees
|Randall Malandro||Middle school principal||$117,607.92|
|Scott McGregor||Middle school principal||$116,607.96|
|Sheree Flemmer||Middle school principal||$116,607.96|
|Maria Cervantes||K-8 principal||$114,581.23|
|Allen Dosty||K-8 principal||$109,929.96|
|Janet Godina Perez||Middle school principal||$106,272.00|
|Virginia Anderson||K-8 principal||$104,521.92|
Elementary School Level Employees
|Allison Gerrity||Elementary principal||$114,580.92|
|Jann Lyall||Elementary principal||$113,580.96|
|Brandon Krueger||Elementary principal||$111,788.04|
|Virginia Medford||Elementary principal||$111,288.00|
|Janis Morehead||Elementary principal||$111,288.00|
|Norman Tanaka||Elementary principal||$111,288.02|
|Marianne Varni||Elementary principal||$111,288.00|
|Princetta Purkins||Elementary principal||$111,288.00|
|Carol Rivas||Elementary principal||$111,288.00|
|Harold Brown Jr.||Elementary principal||$111,288.00|
|Daniel Faith||Elementary principal||$111,288.00|
|John Kirilov||Elementary principal||$110,288.04|
|Kevin Harkin||Elementary principal||$109,718.36|
|Christine Malandro||Elementary principal||$109,441.18|
|Bruce Spaulding||Elementary principal||$106,203.96|
|Denice Shigematsu||Elementary principal||$106,203.96|
|Linda Denman||Elementary principal||$106,203.96|
|Janet Rogers||Elementary principal||$105,204.00|
|Pierre Kirby||Elementary principal||$101,450.16|
|Louise Roachford-Gould||Elementary principal||$101,449.92|
|Juan Villafana||Elementary principal||$100,449.96|
|Jon Price||Elementary principal||$100,449.96|
|Timothy Shepherd||Elementary principal||$100,449.96|
|Cynthia Close||High school teacher||$107,503.82|
|Judy Fraser||Special education teacher||$105,218.27|
|Linda Bazett||Elementary teacher||$102,806.78|